This innovative program had its start in 2008 when IT began to notice a trend with current student employees leaving their positions as student assistants and working for companies off campus. With the support of then University Help Desk Manager, Summer R. Jones, the IT Internship Program began offering students a chance to work in IT for credit.
In fall 2008, the IT Internship Program was opened to all eligible MSU students. Over the course of the last six years, the program has averaged two to three interns per year with several of those students going on to work as full time professionals within the distributed technology groups at MSU.
In recruiting for the program, the desirable qualities are initiative, independence and aptitude to learn, since technical skillsets can vary from person to person. The internship is a platform for learning, so having those characteristics are key to completing the internship successfully. Each intern is matched with a full time staff member according to the intern’s skillset and assigned project. This staff member serves as the intern’s supervisor to guide the intern to the correct resources in order to complete his or her tasks.
For many graduating seniors MSU was a logical path to career development. Jeff Giacobbe, Associate Vice President for Enterprise Technology Services and Minto Gill, Director of Networking and Telecommunications, chose to work in their alma mater upon graduation along with countless other MSU technical staff.
Montclair State University’s IT Internship Program provides practical work experience, helps develop project management skills, presentation skills and exposes the intern to a real world work environment. This exposure is invaluable in today’s society for developing marketable employees.
The program provided a real benefit to IT as it has enabled interns to work on projects that might have been placed on hold. It gave full time staff direct supervision over the interns to increase their soft skills and produced policies and applications that are still being used today.
Some of these major endeavors are the IT Services Status page, the Computer Lab Availability Tool and our campus-wide 24×7 Virtual Computing Lab.